The undulating Atherton Tablelands are scenic and unspoilt. They begin just west of Cairns and rise more than 700 metres above sea level. The area boasts a beautiful temperate climate free of coastal humidity.
The stunning region has ancient rainforests, wetlands and savannahs. As well as volcanic lakes, waterfalls and national parks. These national parks contain some of Australia’s best mountain biking trails.
There is an abundance of wildlife in Atherton Tablelands, including 327 species of bird. Plus rare and endangered critters including Lumholtz’s tree kangaroos, bandicoots, rock wallabies, platypus and cassowary. But its splendid natural beauty is just part of the appeal.
The region is rich in history and home to many antique and arts and craft shops and galleries. It’s also a food-lovers paradise – its basalt soil, good rainfall and plentiful sunshine made the Tablelands a fertile food bowl.
The town of Atherton was first settled during the latter half of the 19th century. When gold and tin prospectors and pastoralists came in search of untapped riches. Corn, sugar cane, dairy products and beef are its primary exports these days.